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Near Miss of the Day 428: “I thought she was going to die” says cyclist who filmed driver almost hitting another rider

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's South London...

A cyclist who filmed the moment a driver turned right at a junction and almost hit a woman on her bike has said of the other rider,  "I thought she was going to die."

The driver, who eventually pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, was waiting to turn right at the junction by Tooting Bec Underground station in South London. with the female cyclist positioned ahead of the vehicle.

Both begin to turn right as the traffic lights change, the driver however swinging around far too fast and very nearly taking out the cyclist's rear wheel.

The footage was captured by reader Adrian, who told us: "I’ve just had a letter from the Met saying that this has been successfully prosecuted after the driver pleaded guilty to driving without due care.

"Initially, they denied it and I was asked if I’d be prepared to go to court.  Having said yes, the next thing I heard was that the driver had clearly changed their mind, and picked up three points, and a small fines and charges that amounted to £178 with some credit for pleading guilty.

"Anyway, this is now public domain. I thought she was going to die. My guess is three inches." 

Adrian added: "For the avoidance of doubt, I went slightly early on the light because of the lorry that had encroached into the ASL and the uncomfortable position I subsequently had." 

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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